If You Know The History: 20th Feb: Pat Bonner’s 600th appearance

20th February Pat Bonner makes his 600th appearance.

Pat Bonner was Jock Stein’s last signing for Celtic, putting pen to paper on 14th May 1978.

Pat made his first-team debut just ten months later – almost ironically on St Patrick’s Day in a league game against Motherwell at Parkhead – and quickly made the position his own. He was the club’s keeper in the Championship winning sides of 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1988, as well as picking up Scottish Cup winner’s medals in 1985 and 1989 plus a League Cup medal in 1982.

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Pat also starred in the successful Republic of Ireland team of the era, firstly in the European Nations tournament of 1988 and then in the World Cup finals in Italy in 1990, when his penalty save from Timofte of Rumania helped Ireland through to the quarter-finals.

On this day in 1993, Pat ran out at Pittodrie to face Aberdeen in what was his 600th competitive for Celtic.

Jim Craig

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